The Rock N’ Roll Express is one of the most iconic tag-team duos in the history of professional wrestling. One-half of the legendary duo, Ricky Morton, recently revealed on his The School of Morton podcast that he was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy last week.
Morton, along with Robert Gibson, was inducted into WWE Hall of Fame in 2017 and completed over three decades in the wrestling industry together recently. Despite being on the wrong side of 60, the duo continued to wrestle in several promotions, including the Apocalypto match in TNA and made their NJPW debut last year.
Morton and Gibson appeared on October 30 broadcast of AEW Dynamite to crown the first-ever AEW Tag Team Champions and appeared at Full Gear, where Morton delivered a Canadian Destroyer on Santana and a suicide dive on Santana and Ortiz. The duo also won the NWA Tag Team Championships last year, holding onto the titles for close to four months in their fifth reign.
Morton revealed that last week he went for his morning cup of coffee, but it spilled out of his mouth, and he was immediately concerned.
“Last Tuesday, I woke up and got ready to go to the gym. I went downstairs and had me a cup of coffee and I noticed the coffee running out of my mouth. It really scared me. I ran in the bathroom and I saw that my face looked disfigured.”
Morton immediately went to the hospital and was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. Jim Ross and Piper Niven have also been diagnosed with the same disease in the past. Morton assured the fans that he was in the perfect condition physically.
“I thought that I might be having a stroke but I went to the hospital. They told me it was brought on by stress and everything but I have a touch of bell’s palsy. It looks like it’s starting to clear up a little bit. I can shut my eyes and start talking. I just wanted to tell the wrestling world out there, if you see me, don’t run off. I’m doing good. Physically wise, I’m great.”
The long hours in the ring have surely taken a toll on the Hall of Famer’s body, and hopefully, he continues to remain in prime condition.